Guys. BuzzFeed—BUZZFEED—asked me to come up with a project for them.
I kinda lost it. And then I said yes obviously I will do that yes. And then I had to keep it a secret from Blogland for over two weeks and it was really hard.
And then I saw that they used my picture for the thumbnail on their DIY page and I kinda lost it again.
After tweeting about it while grocery shopping Thursday morning (literally, in the produce section of Trader Joe’s), I recovered my wits and realized I can finally share this project with you since it’s published and on the web forever and ever. Secret no more.
So here it is! My pencil case!
I’m not gonna lie, this project took some work. Not the actual making part, that was easy. But conceptualizing it.
When I first thought of using PVC pipe to make a pencil case, it seemed a genius idea. Unfortunately, plumbing pieces don’t always want to be used for craft projects. And sometimes when you make something that looks cool in your head, it ends up looking like something…inappropriate…in real life. I’m not gonna go into that part.
I touched EVERY. SINGLE. PLUMPING. PART. in the Home Depot before finally finding the right ones. (Thank you, Melanie, for your invaluable help through that experience. Our hands will never be truly clean again).
Luckily for you makers out there, I’ve got it figured out and you can just waltz in to a hardware store, pick up the pieces from the materials list, and get crafting. You know, if you want to make this project. Which you know you do.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1.25” PVC pipe, cut to 6” long
- 1.25” copper test cap
- 1.25” female adapter, with corresponding 1.25″ plug
- 180 grit sandpaper
- copper spray paint
- second spray paint in color of your choice
- quick-set epoxy
- hose clamp (optional)
- wire cutters, if using hose clamp
WHAT YOU DO:
Gently sand the pipe, male adapter, and plug to prepare them for painting.
Following the instructions on your spray paint cans, paint the male adapter and plug with copper paint and the pipe in another color. You will need several coats to cover all the plastic. Allow the pieces to dry 24 hours before moving on to the next step.
Attach the male adapter to one end of the pipe, pushing it down as far as it will go. It will be very snug—if you have trouble, try gently tapping it with a hammer (place a towel between the adapter and the hammer so that you don’t scratch the paint).
Mix together equal amounts of quick-set epoxy using a toothpick or wooden stir stick.
Using the epoxy, glue the copper test cap to the end of the pipe. Wipe any excess epoxy away immediately. Hold the cap in place until the epoxy has set enough for it to stay put on its own. Allow to dry according to the instructions on the package (usually overnight).
Slip the hose clamp over the male adapter and tighten into place, then trim off the excess with wire cutters.
Screw the plug to the male adapter (this will be the removable cap).
That’s it. See how painless that was? As a bonus, it kinda looks like the handle of a light saber.
Be sure to hop over to the article on BuzzFeed to look at the other awesome projects that were created for this back-to-school feature!
And dear readers, thank you thank you for coming back here every day, pinning and sharing my stuff. You guys got me on BUZZFEED. You are awesomesauce.